Top motivational myths, and why we don’t need them. Number two. Suicidal frogs

Have you heard the one about the frog?  Put it in a pan of hot water and it will jump out.  Put it in a pan of cold water, heat it up gradually and the frog will stay there ’till it croaks (sorry).  No it won’t.  Frogs aren’t that stupid, it will jump out as soon as it gets too hot – about 25 degrees.

But this story is still  used a lot to show the danger of complacency and the comfort zone, even by people who should know better, like Al Gore in his film ‘An Inconvenient Truth’.  So are we as smart as frogs, or do we get used to growing discomfort and stay where we are? My dad spent most of his life in a tough physical job which he hated. When I was a girl, I felt sorry for him, then when I got older, I just wondered why he didn’t get another job.  Now I understand that, even though his comfort zone was a hard place to be, it was still easier than stepping outside, for someone who always disliked and feared change.

So we need to jump out of our warm cosy comfort zone before it stifles us. The habit of doing something new, different or scary is a wonderful one to develop.  It’s exciting, fires up new connections in the brain, keeps our minds active so that we’re always growing and developing. So let’s be like the frog, take that leap before we croak!

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